Eva Shan Chou is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Baruch College, City University of New York. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Harvard University. She is interested in both works of art and the cultural contexts of their creation. Currently, she is at work on a history of ballet in China. In this area, she has published articles on Swan Lake in China and on the National Ballet of China in its 2015 season at Lincoln Center’s Festival, a season which included The Red Detachment of Women. Earlier, she published a study of the classical poet Du Fu (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and one of the modern writer Lu Xun (Association of Asian Studies Publications, 2012), as well as many scholarly articles on these figures, the culture of their times, and their reception today.

Last Updated: October 3, 2015



In Zhang Yimou’s ‘Coming Home’ History is Muted But Not Silent

Eva Shan Chou
Coming Home, directed by the celebrated Zhang Yimou and released in the U.S. last week, begins as a man escapes a labor camp in China’s northwest and tries to return home. But he is captured when he and his wife attempt to meet, after their daughter...